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I just purchased a colt lt. wt. commander $425.00 (great buy) last week. Upon breaking down the pistol for cleaning and evaluation and reassembly I have a couple of questions:
1. slide to frame fit at the rear - the slide sits on the frame approximately 1/16" forward - is this acceptable or is cycling/feeding problems possible?

2. The barrel link pin will falls out easily - when assembling, I can hear it moving which makes assembly difficult - replace pin or "swage" the ends to ensure it staying in place?

3. I replaced the MSH spring with new 18 lb (wolff) and the hammer was next to impossible to pull down. I replaced the original, what pound should be used?

4. After cleaning and re-assembling I inserted a mag with 3 rounds to test feeding and ejection by manipulating the slide. The rounds would jam and/or not eject. The jammed round is at an angle with the nose to the right and primer end to the left. It is jammed tight enough that I have to push the round while holding the slide back.

Some of the questions may be irrelevent since I have not test fired the pistol. Any answers is appreciated, Nelson.
 

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I'll give 'er a go...

1) Colt (IMO) is notorious for poor slide to frame fit at the rear of the slide. If you've ONLY got 1/16", you are lucky! This is most likely just a cosmetic blemish which can be corrected with some fitting/blending.

2) You should get a new link and pin. At the very least, get an oversized pin to get rid of the slop.

3) Not sure why the 18# spring didn't work. Are you sure that the hammer strut was seated in the mainspring cap properly. If the strut was sitting on just the edge of the cap, it may be difficult to cock, but not if the strut is in the pocket.

4) You cannot judge feed/ejection reliability by hand cycling the slide. The only way to do this is to fire the gun.

You may want to wait for some professionals to give further opinions and advice (cuz I ain't one of dem).
 

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Shane,
Thanks for the response. I thought about the hammer strut not being seated properly after I put in the original spring. I went and checked the spring wt. - they are 23 lbs. Probably a little too strong. I'm hoping to shoot this evening or sometime this week. I'll plan on ordering a new link/pin. Thanks, again. NLS

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